Quotable Cyclist

The Quotable Cyclist: Great Moments of Bicycling Wisdom, Inspiration and Humor by Bill Strickland.

Bill Strickland’s book contains all of the cycling quotes we’ve seen mentioned on various websites (Mark Twain: “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.”; John F. Kennedy: “Nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” ), but Strickland’s 360 page collection also includes nice zingers from the world of competetive cycling ( Mario Cipollini: “If you brake, you don’t win.”; Laurent Jalabert “There is no room in the Tour for the sick or the weak.”).

Strickland categorizes his quotes for easy reference: Love, Mountain, Road, Speed, Training, Winning & Losing, Riding With Style, Adventure, Equipment, Revolution, Women and so forth. For the online newspaper comment trolls, there’s even a “Hate” chapter ( P. J. O’Rourke: “The very existence of the bicycle is an offense to reason and wisdom.”).

There’s plenty here I haven’t seen in the usual online collections. Seven bucks used hardcover from Powell’s books, or $11 for new paperback from Amazon.com. Author Bill Strickland is editor-at-large for Bicycling Magazine.


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